2016 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz

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$50 Per Bottle

RRP $60
750ml

First released from the 2008 vintage, the Grand Tourer Shiraz – a wine named after and produced in honour of Elderton co-founder, Neil Ashmead. Neil, who along with wife Lorraine, established Elderton and was a vital link in creating the Barossa’s currently enjoyed status as one of Australia’s most important viticultural areas. Infectious enthusiasm was one of Neil’s drivers in helping to pioneer the revitalisation of the region from the doom and gloom era of the late 70s and early 1980s.

Neil was a ‘Barossa Road Warrior’ like no other. Driving tirelessly from city to city with a car loaded with wine, doing tastings and dinners with whoever would listen, and generally spruiking the Barossa in a time where people were not really interested in a region that was stereotyped as a fortified producer. It was his love of fast cars that made this pursuit a little easier, thus the unusual choice for the name of this Shiraz. Unfortunately Neil passed away prematurely in 1997, however is succeeded by his two sons – Cameron and Allister, who believe this wine to be a very fitting tribute to an amazing individual who was always willing to push the boundaries of expectations and limitations.

Winemakers Comments

Fermented in open fermenters under heading boards for 4-5 days then pressed to barrel at 3-5 Baume and finished in oak. The wine stays on gross lees for 15 months before bottling.
- Richard Langford

StyleExuberant, lively and full of character this wine combines old world and new world in a wine that has many dimensions.
ColourVibrant and youthful red/black
AromaForest and bramble fruit with bready/creamy, meaty and savoury yeast characters
PalateFull rich palate and great length, this wine will constantly evolve in the glass from savoury meaty characters to red and black fruits
DrinkDrink now or cellar confidently for 10+ years
VarietyShiraz
Vine Age37 - 76 years
Vintage2016
RegionBarossa - 100% Estate Grown, Nuriootpa and Greenock
MaturationNew French puncheons, 15 months on gross lees
Alc/Vol14.5%

95 Points – Huon Hooke

...grew on me with repeated exposure.

94 Points – Halliday

...polished beautifully...

94 Points – Campbell Mattinson

...firing on all cylinders...

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